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Unabated stress, less-than-ideal nutrition, sleep deficits, and too little exercise deplete our bodies, and can lead to dwindling energy stores that sap your immune system, drain your libido, and interfere with concentration.
Loss of muscle mass and proper function may cause you to be less active and ultimately feel fatigued. Here's how to nourish, strengthen, and stretch your muscles every day. More.
- Eat muscle-building minerals Magnesium and calcium are essential to muscles ability to contract and relax properly, so load up on both daily. Dark green leafy vegetables offer a hefty dose of magnesium and calcium, as well as potassium, which is crucial for muscle growth.
- Boost vitamin B B vitamins help supply cells with the energy they need to function. By supporting the nervous system, they also help improve communication between muscles and the brain.
- Get enough exercise Your muscles thrive on regular exercise, so shoot for at least 30 minutes every day (check out our 10-, 20-, 30-, and 60-minute workouts).
- Take a multi A daily multivitamin and mineral supplement promotes optimal health. Of particular importance for athletes are calcium, to maintain bone strength; folic acid, linked to endurance; iron, for strength; and magnesium and zinc, for muscle recovery.